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posted 12 Sept 2014, 16:44 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 12 Sept 2014, 17:14 ]
On September 11th 2014, representatives of the National Health Workers Union (NHWU) visited the San Fernando General Hospital along with representatives of the National Workers Union (NWU) to which the NHWU is affiliated. The party of trade unionists was led by Nigel Small, the Chairperson of the North Central Regional Authority branch
of the NHWU. 
Nigel Small

The visit was to inform the workers at the leading health institution in the South of the need for health workers to build their own union and to spread the word that the NHWU which was registered on June 25th 2014 was on a campaign to recruit members.

At the hospital the party of trade unionists spoke to workers in different departments and distributed a flyer titled GET ORGANISED which answered many questions that workers were raising about the NHWU since the union started recruitment activities in the North Central Regional Health Authority. (see flyer here)

The visit was warmly received by many workers who expressed the sentiment that health workers needed to get organised in order to correct the multitudinous wrongs plaguing the sector and the relationship between the workers and management which is characterised by horrible industrial relations practices.

The workers agreed to strengthen their contacts with the NHWU and to organise follow up meetings with the union with a view to clarifying issues and becoming members of the union. The NHWU reps assured the workers that they would return before the end of September to advance the recruitment process.

The NHWU has set itself the following strategic objectives

To secure the complete organisation of all health care workers in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago;

Represent members, either collectively or individually, to ensure that their labour is sold for the highest price and the terms and conditions under which they work for the employing class is the best obtainable;

Further the interests of the Union, its members and the working-class.
Gerry Kangalee,
12 Sept 2014, 16:54